Nashville, Tennessee is one fabulous city. It is affectionately known as Music City, U.S.A. and the Songwriting Capitol of the World. Country music has deep roots here (as evident in a beloved TV show of mine, Nashville) which is why it is considered the center of the country music industry. If you’re a huge country music fan, then I know why you’re planning a visit. If you’re not, (and I’m right there with you because I truly only like about 4 country songs) then I can promise that Nashville still has a ton of things to offer. Check out this weekend in Nashville itinerary so you don’t miss a thing!
On my most recent trip to Nashville, I was there for a Friday evening and all day/night of a Saturday. And I was able to do a lot! So read through the list and see what interests you the most and best fits in with your other plans. Then send me a quick email (firstname.lastname@example.org) to tell me about your plans or ask any questions that you may have! I know some incredible bloggers, like Greta Hollar, that are based in Nashville and could offer some advice. Ready to create your dream weekend getaway? Let’s get started!
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MUSTs – Weekend in Nashville
Walk Around the Grand Ole Opry Hotel (Gaylord Opryland Resort)
Why? It’s free. It’s beautiful. It’s crazy amazing that a hotel could contain huge waterfalls, ‘jumping’ fountains, boat rides, and multiple atriums of breathtaking indoor gardens. According to an article I found, there are 50,000 tropical plants, 215 species in the Garden Conservatory, and 449 species in the Cascades Atrium.
How to Make It Happen – Put it at the top of your list. You can easily swing by the Opry Mills shopping mall and the Grand Ole Opry before or after your visit. My friends and I ate lunch inside the hotel (it’s exhausting to walk through all of the atriums) at the Cascades restaurant. It’s a little pricey, but it was delicious! So you may want to go in the morning/early afternoon to allow yourself plenty of time and daylight to enjoy it!
Enjoy the Nightlife
Why? Because it is CRAZY. Maybe it was just the specific weekend that we were there, but we were blown away with the amount of people who were on Broadway both Friday and Saturday night. The only time I’ve seen more people on 1 street is when I was in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City (oh and Time Square year around). Every bar was jam-packed with people and there was so many bars of all sizes and themes. We finally found a somewhat calm piano bar upstairs with no cover charge for college students. It was a great place to ring in my best friend’s 21st birthday so I highly recommend it even if you don’t like/want to drink. (I didn’t!)
How to Make It Happen – Soak up Nashville and sleep in a bit so you can dedicate your nights to Broadway. Explore the streets on either side as well as Printer’s Alley for a bit if you want. We parked toward the upper end in a cheap parking lot and walked, but many people took taxis! The traffic on that street was terrible (just a warning) and never drink and drive! 🙂
SHOULDs – weekend in Nashville
Go to a Museum/ Tour a Venue
Why? Nashville is famous for country music, so it has the best venues and museums for it! There’s the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, the Johnny Cash Museum, and many more. (There’s other non-music related museums too! Here’s a list of more) Venue tours are also popular, especially if you don’t want to pay (or not available) for a concert ticket. You can tour the Grand Ole Opry House and the Ryman Auditorium if you want an impressive, large-scale venue. There’s also the quaint songwriting haven, the Bluebird Cafe! I learned about it on the show Nashville and had to see the place where Garth Brooks and many other stars and famous songwriters were discovered.
How to Make It Happen – Pick what you want to visit and rank in order of importance. Then figure out times, cost and location for them all. For example, after visiting the Opry Mills mall, we hopped across the street to take pictures in front of the Grand Ole Opry House and check out the gift shop before walking down to the Opry hotel. On the way back to our own hotel we stopped by the Bluebird. Some friends went to the different museums during the day and had great experiences. Figure out what YOU want to do and set aside the time to make it happen. Your weekend in Nashville is worth it.
Visit Marathon Motor Works Building (Marathon Village)
Why? It’s free. And it has so much character and charm! It’s an old automobile manufacturer building that they have redone into a little shopping area. It has a lot of neat shops like Antique Archeology and The Soda Parlor. Antique Archeology is visible from the outside, and is best known from the TV show American Pickers. If you’re a fan of the show or like looking at cool antiques, then it’s definitely worth a visit! (Warning: I’ve heard the lines to get in the tiny store can be lengthy at times!) The Soda Parlor can be found inside the actual building, and is known because of its YouTube-famous creator, Olan Rogers. Also, there is a perfect-for-a-photo-op mural just around the corner of Antique Archeology on the other side of the building, so don’t miss it if you want a picture!
How to Make It Happen – Consider it a pit stop. Work the location into your other plans and you can see everything you want to see in 10-20 minutes.
Eat at Butchertown Hall
Why? It’s delicious and has such a modern, chic, hipster vibe (yes it can be all of those adjectives, it’s hard to fully explain). This was seriously the hidden gem of our weekend in Nashville! We were all craving a really good brunch spot, and accidentally stumbled across this place after our first Google searched choice wasn’t open yet. We got a variety of dishes, and they are all so yummy! I could also spend days talking about how aesthetically pleasing this place was. The interior designer/architect did amazing work. It’s won countless awards so obviously people agree with me. (Check out the list here if you don’t believe me)
How to Make it Happen – Saturday brunch plans. Got them figured out for you. Your welcome 🙂
CANs – Weekend in Nashville
There is so much more to Nashville than what this one post can cover! For example, we had our formal at the Belmont Mansion! It’s a historic home that is beautiful and surely worth a tour. There is also the Parthenon (replica of the famous building in Athens, Greece) and the Adventure Science Center (great hands-on kids museum).
Don’t limit yourself! Nashville is a big city with lots of offer, so go exploring and have fun! Take pictures in front of the gazillion murals and eat lots of yummy food. A weekend in Nashville is likely one that you’ll never forget! Enjoy it!
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